Interview: Bond St. District (Baltimore, MD)

Bond St. District, the duo of Baltimore MC DDm and producer Paul Huston, brought their grand stage show to the District with a performance at DC9, a U Street corridor staple. The show was a rarity for the city: a line-up of Baltimore artists which included opening sets from the Baltimore Club-tinged electropop duo Chiffon as well as rising star Kotic Coutore backed by Destrukshawn. The top floor of DC9 was as much a stage, as it was a pulpit and theatre. The band made people dance from songs off their first EP “Everybody’s So Sleepy” and new album A Church on Vulcan, laugh at references to the authenticity of the Roseanne sitcom and reflect on moving forward in Trump’s America.

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Watch Garnish Episode 7: Parallel Diamonds

Parallel Diamonds is a collective of creatives from just about every medium that boasts close to 30 members. Founded by Yang.N.Yin. – a trio which combines trap, punk rock and spoken word – Parallel Diamonds includes photographers, models, clothing designers, singers, songwriters, DJs, producers, and event curators. Most of the members are spread out in Maryland, and keep in touch with meetings to coordinate projects, moves and events, as well as through group chats to share new material and support each other. 

Most recently, the collective put on the Red Room at Union Arts, which featured performances by Soddie Casino, mūdī, Yang.N.Yin., and DJ sets by Knoimnot and Franklin of Last Niight (a separate collective which joined PD last year), as well as BVST and Mikado the Demi God. Each member that I interviewed stressed the importance of PD, for the support system and brotherhood that they often don’t get anywhere else. Whether through mosh pits or nature walks, Parallel Diamonds find inspiration and use any number of media to connect with each other and the rest of the world. 

Garnish Episode 7: Parallel Diamonds Rage in the Red Room from Antonio Hernandez on Vimeo.

This episode features just a few of the members of Parallel Diamonds. Follow the group’s Twitter @_PDSZN to stay up on their new projects and media.

Artists interviewed: Yang, Yin, Franklin, Xanielle, Inti, mūdī, Neiko Gianni, Soddie Casino, Introspective Sky, Knoimnot, Kyle-Van

Also featured: DJ BVST, Mikado the Demi God

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Garnish is the premiere web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media. Garnish is brought to you by Antonio Hernandez, founding editor of www.electric-llama.com.

Garnish Episode 1 Trailer

Garnish is a brand new web series highlighting culture, causes and commerce in the D.C. metropolitan area and Baltimore, that often exists on the fringes of mainstream media. Though much more is written about what is happening in the area, there is still a lot that remains hidden. Garnish will feature candid interviews, event footage and analysis from the perspectives of creatives, entrepreneurs and big thinkers on the ground.

The first episode is  a recap of Excursions, a multi-sensory jam session hosted by Jamal Gray, co-founder of Nag Champa Arts Collective, member of CMPTVR CLVB and programmer at WPFW, to raise funds for the financially struggling radio station, which is a landmark of jazz and independent music in D.C

Watch the trailer below and stay tuned for the full episode!

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Melt Mix Vol. Too, Issue 11 Mixed by Jumbled (Baltimore, MD)

The “Melt” series comes to a close with a fitting mix by Baltimore’s Jumbled, who compiles his own “Best of” 2015! A slew of dope hip-hop joints, including some gems from some of Baltimore’s best!

Tracklist:

Fonlon- Spanky
Butch Dawson – Carcass
Grand Invincible – Dog Van
Kente – Never Sleep
salk. – salk talk
Dylijens – Fuck all cops
Berko Lover – Sam Adams
ullnevano x [w]  – Blanka Prolems
Inner Scepter (Jack Wilson + Tom Phonic) – Untapped Zap
Bito Sureiya – Horns and shit
Stillborn Identity – Ceiling Fan Hustle
Trouble Knows Me (Madlib + Sam Herring) – From Trouble They Know Me
JonWayne – Minerals and Gems
Sean Price – #4NoReason
Butch Dawson & Elon – Love it

Melt Mix Vol. Too, Issue 5 Mixed by Qué

Qué is a multi-faceted artist from Baltimore, primarily working in photographic, video production and graphic design. Not satisfied with working with just visual media, Qué has steadily working on more mixes, giving a listeners insight to what drives him. Listen below!

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Melt Mix Vol. Too, Issue 5 Mixed By Qué by Electricllama on Mixcloud

 

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Tracklist:

1. Thom Yorke- The Mother Lode
2. Dizzee Rascal-Brand New Day
3. Rihanna- BBHMM (P.Morris Remix)
4. Jai Paul- Zion Wolf
5. D’Angelo- It Ain’t Easy
6. Willow smith -Female Energy
7. Taylor McFerrin-Florasia
8. the Internet-Special Affair
9. Tame Impala-Let It Happen
10. Can-I’m So Green
11. N.E.R.D- Run to the Sun
12. Danny Brown- Party all the Time
13. Tyler the Creator- Fucking Young

Melt Mix Vol. Won, Issue 9 Mixed by DJ Trelly Trell

Melt MIx Vol. Won, Issue 9 Mixed By DJ Trelly Trell by Electricllama on Mixcloud | Cover Photo: Richard Stacks, Baltimore Sun, 1955

The #Melt mix series returns to Baltimore with DJ Trelly Trell (@djtrellytrell). Trelly Trell takes you through some rap’s classics before he hips you to Baltimore newcomers Greenspan (@greenspan410) and Ellis (@bmcrecords). In addition to being their show DJ, Trell is a mainstay on the “Strictly Hip Hop Show” on Baltimore city’s WEAA 88.9 FM, as well as a representative for The Mix Syndicate and Street Tactics Radio. Tracklist and direct download link below!

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Tracklisting: 

Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Redman – What U Lookin 4
The Roots – Clones
Busts Rhymes – Calm Down
Gza ft. Method Man – Shadow Boxing 
Junvenile – Ha
Nature – We Ain’t Friend
Greenspan ft. Tony B – Next time
Great Scott – Slip Away
Nas – Represent
Smif an Wessun – Day Shinin 
Eze Jackson – Time on the Line
Ellis – Soft Lips and Tattoos 

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Direct Download:

Melt Mix Vol. Won, Issue 9 Mixed By DJ Trelly Trell

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